The mystery of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 that mysteriously disappeared is yet too be solved since march 8 2014. Now yet another airline seems to be treading on a similar path tragically. An AirAsia plane has gone missing with 162 people on board while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from Indonesia’s Surabaya for Singapore.
The two countries immediately launched search and rescue operations but there was no word on the plane’s whereabouts more than eight hours after it went missing. AirAsia, Malaysia’s low-cost carrier with presence in several Southeast Asian countries, said in a statement that the missing Airbus A320-200 was on the submitted flight plan route. However, it had requested deviation due to bad weather, before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control.
“We don’t dare to presume what has happened except that it has lost contact,” Djoko Murjatmodjo, Indonesia’s acting director general of transportation, told reporters. He said the last contact between pilot and the air traffic control was at 6.13am (2313 GMT Saturday).
Overall, Malaysian Airlines has had a dreadful and truly forgettable 2014 – the disappearance of MH370, shooting down of MH17 over Ukraine have jolted the nation’s national carrier hard. And now with the AirAsia flight going missing, Malaysia’s woes do not seem to end.